Watch Out! 4 Enemies That Will Keep You From Your Audacious Life

The Hero's JourneyNot everyone is going to appreciate you stepping up to claim your Audacious Life. More often than not, when you decide that you're going to live Audaciously, something will happen or someone will come out of the woodwork to smack you down.

This is the classic Hero's Journey: once you cross the threshold, you will immediately meet tests and enemies. (Fortunately, you also meet allies. But that's another article for another day.)

Here are four enemies that you will meet on your Audacious Life Journey.

4 Enemies You Will Meet on Your Audacious Life Journey

1. Gatekeepers

In A Brief Guide to World Domination, Chris Guillebeau defines gatekeepers as "old-school security guards on innovation, trying to block outsiders from infiltrating their ranks or changing the system." In other words, gatekeepers are the people who tell you that you cannot do what you want to do because you don't meet their expectations.

Some of these expectations are professional. Some of these expectations are social. Many of these expectations are circumventable—or, if you can't get around them and it's worth it to you, you can certainly learn to play by their rules.

2. Trolls

Trolls are the people who will constantly try to bring you down through whatever methods they have at their disposal. They are constantly negative, and will give you infinite reasons why you cannot do what you want to do. And if they can't think of one, they'll make it up.

These reasons are often without merit. They're based in fear, closed-minded thinking, and, oftentimes, hatred. Do not listen to trolls; in the wise words of Theodore Roosevelt, "It is not the critic who counts."

Trolls are also known as "haters," "bullies," or "Negative Nancies."

3. Energy Vampires

Energy Vampires come out when they smell blood. "Blood," in this case, is your effort and attention. They can't survive without it, and when you begin living your Audacious Life—thus directing your effort and attention elsewhere—the energy vampires will come after you.

If you allow energy vampires to latch on, they will sink in their teeth and suck you dry. The only solution to dealing with them is to banish them from your life—or, in the very least, limit your interactions, set boundaries on how much time and energy you're willing to give, and go into the situation with a full tank.

4. Gremlins

Finally, the worst of all—your own gremlins. Gremlins are the insidious little creatures that pop up and tell you that you're wrong. You're in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, at the wrong time. You're going to fail, hard and publicly, and the shame will drive you into a hermit-like existence where you will die a slow and painful death in complete isolation.

This is your lizard brain, or Ego, talking. Its job is to keep you safe, and it assumes that "safety" equates to "living life according to everyone else's rules."

Over to You

What Enemies of Audacious Living have you encountered so far? And what have you done to defeat them? Share your wisdom in the comments!